This week marks the first relationship milestone for Evie and Xavier – his introduction to her family and friends. In my opinion, having the new boyfriend meet one’s friends and family is a big deal. Not only does it show faith in the longevity of the relationship, but it also puts the onus on you to make sure that you’re not subjecting your loved ones to a mouth breather. While Xavier is intelligent, handsome and sweet, he does possess one fatal flaw in Evie’s eyes – he believes the apocalypse is near and feels an obligation to spread the truth. Unfortunately, Xavier’s increasing desire to inform people about the apocalypse coincides with Evie’s 31st birthday.
Before Evie can celebrate, Deidre tasks her with uncovering the person responsible for screwing up orders and then firing him or her. Meanwhile, Deidre attempts to win Hank’s affections to no avail with a slew of unsexy gifts for his new chair, including a cup holder and a motorized fan. Unfortunately, Hank is too busy talking Timothy off the proverbial cliff to notice the subtext of her gift giving. Timothy continues to be my least favorite part of the show, mostly because I feel he’s used as cheap comic relief rather than a character we’re supposed to want to see develop.
Xavier and Evie attend a reading by acclaimed astrophysicist, Professor Tyra Fields. Unbeknownst to Evie, Xavier is more than just a fan; he wants Professor Fields’ help in alerting everyone of their impending doom. However, we soon realize this isn’t the first run-in between Xavier and the professor, and he’s quickly immobilized by security and arrested. Xavier’s night in jail leads Evie to contemplate her feelings about his belief in the apocalypse. She would rather ignore Xavier’s theory than enable him by allowing him to share his theory with the public. Wanting to learn more about his past, Evie enlists Hank’s investigative skills. However, Hank is unable to track down Xavier’s digital footprint, so he requests an in-person meeting with him. The two men bond over their knowledge of Morse code and end up co-planning a surprise birthday party for Evie.
Evie is finally forced to introduce Xavier to her family. Worried he’ll alarm her loved ones, Evie follows Xavier through the crowd. Much to her surprise, Xavier charms everyone with his rhetoric about seizing the day. With the party winding down, he invites all of the guests back to his house for a final surprise – a birthday cake for every one of Evie’s future birthdays. The guests, drunk on Xavier’s encouraging words, seize the opportunity and start a cake fight. Unfortunately, Xavier ends the night on a low note when he toasts to Evie’s final birthday before the asteroid strikes Earth killing everyone. This causes the couple to get into their most serious argument to-date, with Xavier accusing Evie of being a bigot. While labeling her a bigot may be extreme, Xavier does have a point – Evie is on board with his beliefs as long as it benefits her. However, she has no interest in supporting his crazy theory. Side note: Am I the only one getting tired of seeing our two protagonists argue and make-up episode after episode? Here’s hoping this episode marks a break from the in-fighting and allows the two to overcome conflicts outside of their relationship.
We get a much-needed break from the melodrama of Evie and Xavier when Deidre, Hank, Timothy and Kareema participate in trivia night. Deidre, inspired by her conversation with Xavier, makes a move on Hank when she whispers sweet, unsexy nothings in his ear. Turned on by Deidre’s husky voice, Hank runs off but not before proclaiming his loyalty to his Internet girlfriend. He later admits to Evie that he has feelings for Deidre.
After some soul-searching, Evie decides to help validate Xavier’s theory, and the two hatch a plan to ambush the professor. Evie poses as a fan of Professor Fields and the two start chatting. After a few drinks, Xavier makes an appearance and the couple begs the professor to review his research. She accepts, but moments later Evie sees the professor toss Xavier’s documentation into the trash.
Unsure whether to tell Xavier about Professor Fields throwing away his life’s work, Evie asks Kareema for advice. She soon realizes that Kareema is the person responsible for screwing up orders. With no remorse, Kareema confesses and also reveals that Xavier inspired her to create her own apocalist. Later, at her parents’ house, Evie receives some advice from her mother – love is about supporting the other person no matter what. Xavier and Evie may not agree on the apocalypse, but she can still support his cause. To prove this, Evie makes apocalypse flyers and the episode closes with the two tossing them from the rooftop onto the street.